Regina Egea

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Regina Egea was the Chief of Staff to the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie.[1][2] She was appointed in December 2013[3] and resigned in April 2016.[4]

Egea is a native of Monmouth County. She graduated from Montclair State University and holds a master’s in Business Administration in Marketing from Fordham University and from the International Executive Program at the International Institute for Management Development.[2] Egea was a Senior VP of AT&T.[5]

From 2003-2008, Egea sat on the Harding Township, New Jersey Board of Education. While on the Board, she successfully conducted the search for a School Superintendent in 2007.[6] In 2008 she was elected to the position of Committee Member in Harding Township (the only female member) and was Deputy Mayor from 2010-2011.[7][8]

In 2009, Egea became policy adviser to the 2009 Christie campaign for governor. She became Chief of Staff to the State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff. In 2012, Egea became a member of Board of Trustees of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. Egea became Director of the Authorities Unit of the Governor's Office. In December 2013, Christie chose her as chief of staff to replace Kevin O'Dowd, who he nominated to be the new state Attorney-General.[2][9]

She supported the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter in 2013 and is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Harding Kemmerer Library.[10][11] She sat on the Harding Township Board of Education of from 2004 to 2008.[12][13]

Egea became the subject of increasing media scrutiny in January 2014.[14][15][16][17] and is one of several New Jersey state employees within the governor's office who was subpoenaed by the New Jersey Legislature panel investigating the Fort Lee lane closure scandal.[18][19] Egea, who had learned of the lane closures on September 13, 2013, after their reversal[17] and later assisted Bill Baroni (former Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey) to prepare for his testimony for the same committee, was not accused of wrongdoing. She testified on July 17, 2014.[20] Egea testified that she had contact with the governor about the matter and had deleted numerous telephone text messages regarding it but could not recall when she done so.[21][22] Phone records subpoenaed from AT&T show that there were 12 more texts sent between Egea and Christie. An interim report by the legislative says the governor's office could not provide the content of any of the nine sent by Egea and three by the governor.[23] The content of the calls remains controversial in trials related to the lane closures.[24][25] In a June 2016 ruling a federal judge said that subpoena requests for the phone were too broad. The hearing did not clarify its whereabouts.[26]

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  1. ^ "Senior Staff". Office of the Governor. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Profile: Governor's New Chief Of Staff Takes Second-Term Helm". NJ Spotlight. December 4, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  3. ^ Mark J. Magyar (December 4, 2013), Profile: Governor's New Chief of Staff takes second-term helm, NJ Spotlight
  4. ^ "Christie aide who served in Bridgegate aftermath resigns". Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  5. ^ JEFF PILLETS. "Christie aide who testified during GWB probe hearings resigns". Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Belisa Silva (November 7, 2007), Public to give advice on new schools chief, Observer-Tribune
  7. ^ "North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority | NJTPA Update: December 2013". NJTPA. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Regina Egea resigns from Harding Township Committee - New Jersey Hills Newspaper: Observer-Tribune News". January 27, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  9. ^ rdiaz. "Office of the Governor - Newsroom". Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  10. ^ JBWS Annual Report 2013 (PDF), Jersey Battered Women's Service, January 2014
  11. ^ About Us, Kemmerer Library, retrieved August 24, 2017
  12. ^ Egea is named to board seat,, December 31, 2004
  13. ^ Thumbnail Accounts of Civic Affairs (PDF), Harding Township Civic Association, January 2009
  14. ^ "Documents: Christie appointees stonewalled queries into lane closures -". Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  15. ^ Mann, Ted. "Christie Cabinet Member Told of Bridge Lane Closures -". Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  16. ^ Meredith Clark (January 9, 2014). "Scathing bridge complaint reached Christie's staff". MSNBC. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  17. ^ a b Ted Mann And Heather Haddon (January 12, 2014). "Christie Cabinet Member Told of Bridge Lane Closures". WSJ. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  18. ^ Isherwood, Darrlyl (February 10, 2014). "Spokesman: Several employees have asked state to pay attorney fees in bridgegate probe". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  19. ^ Baxter, Christopher (February 10, 2014). "Christie bridge scandal: Recipients of 18 new subpoenas revealed". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  20. ^ Josh Dawsey (July 18, 2014). "Chris Christie's Incoming Chief of Staff, Regina Egea, Says She Deleted Bridge-Related Texts to Governor - WSJ". WSJ. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  21. ^ editorial (July 21, 2014). "The tale of the missing Bridgegate texts: Editorial". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  22. ^ Zernikejuly, Kate (July 17, 2014). "Lawmakers Press Christie Aide on Her Texting About Lane Closings in Bridge Scandal". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  23. ^ Johnson, Brent (December 6, 2014). "Christie bridge scandal report asks: Why were texts between governor, aide deleted?". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  24. ^ "Bridgegate defense lawyer: 'I want the governor's phone'". Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  25. ^ "What happened to Christie's Bridgegate cell phone?". Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  26. ^ "Judge quashes Bridgegate defense request for Christie's cell phone". Retrieved November 5, 2017.